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Dental Tribune United Kingdom Edition

March 26-April 1, 201220 United Kingdom EditionDCPs • Cross Infection & decontamination to HTM01-05 • Dental Radiography • CPR including Medical Emergencies • Safeguarding to Level 2 including CHild Protection & Vulnerable Adults • Health & Safety • Complaints handling & Ethics • First Aid Appointed Person • Ergonomics & Manual Handling Dental Nurse Qualifications & Courses Accredited primary & post registration dental nursing qualifications include • Diploma in Dental Nursing (National Certificate) • Dental Nursing Advance Apprenticeship (Diploma/NVQ 3) • Oral Health Education Certificate • Dental Radiography Certificate • Dental Sedation Certificate • Flouride & Impression taking courses starting mid 2012 Dental Office Team Qualifications Accredited & government funded dental office team qualifications include; • Management NVQ 3 • Customer Service NVQs 2 & 3 • Business Administration NVQs 2 & 3 Dental Team Training Tempdent Dental Recruitment & Training For Specialist Dental Recruitment and Training Services To find out more about our training & recruitment serives please contact us on 020 8371 6700 // // GCD verifiable CPD courses delivered across the UK in the comfort of your dental prac- tice or our training centres CPD courses include; S ince the implementation of statutory registration with the GDC)in August 2008, all dental nurses have a legal obliga- tiontobecomequalifiedandregis- tered, thus enabling them to carry out their duties as a dental nurse. The recognition of the dental nurse as a registered professional has been one of the key drivers for the development of a primary qualification that is deemed fit for purpose and continues to meet the demands for lifelong learning. Upon registration with the GDC, a dental nurse should be able to apply an evidence-based approach to learning, practice and decision making and further- more, be able to practise safely and effectively. The purpose of education and training therefore, is to produce a [dental nurse] who has a full range of skills and knowledge re- quired for independent practice and the challenges of professional life (GDC, 2011). A public consultation was car- ried out by the GDC in December 2010 on the draft learning out- comes. It is envisaged that these will be incorporated into training programmes and assessments in the academic year 2012-2013 (GDC, 2010). In response to this, the Na- tional Examining Board for Den- tal Nurses (NEBDN) and City & Guilds (C&G), have reviewed their existing suite of primary qualifications to meet these learn- ing outcomes. The National Vo- cational Qualification (NVQ) was developed in association with the sector skills council Skills for Health who are responsible for developing the National Occupa- tional Standards (NOS). The NOS are currently being reviewed to ensure they remain fit for purpose and support the curriculum set by the GDC. The NVQ offers a diploma on the Qualifications and Credits Framework (QCF). The QCF is an integral part of larger vocational reforms being introduced by the Government to help develop the economic performance of the UK through an improved qualifica- tion system. Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) have been around for many years and were originally developed for use in medical exams (Holsgrove, 2011). OSCES can test a wide range of clinical and professional skills under controlled conditions and are designed to allow candidates to demonstrate their profession- alism, skills and competencies. (Holsgrove, 2011). Dental Nurses undertaking this route to qualification will be sitting the new style exam from May 2012. The National Certifi- cate in its current format will be offered to individuals on a resit ba- sis only up until November 2012. Although a change to the examination structure by the NEBDN has been necessary, the financial implications of hosting an OSCE has seen some dental nurses choosing an alternative route to registration, where fund- ing may be available. As training providers we con- tinue to be challenged during this time of transition and difficult fi- nancial climate, as we see dental nurse education evolve to meet the demands of its profession. DT Dental nurse education Jane Dalgarno looks at evolution and demands in the profession About the author Jane Dalgarno started her career in Dental Nursing in 1986, passing the National Certificate in November 1993. Jane is currently working towards (City & Guilds) V1 award and the BSc in Pri- mary Dental Care with Kent University. Jane works as a Dental Nurse Tutor for the Community Dental Services CIC, Bedfordshire and runs the National Certificate for Dental Nurses Course at the Dental Access & Special Care Cen- tre in Bedford. Jane is seconded council member for education for the British Association of Dental Nurses®.